Diego Martínez and Jagoba Arrasate seized the Granada and Osasuna projects at the same time and in Second. Today, two and a half years later, they meet again in the elite and become two of the references of the new batch of Spanish football technicians (follow the game live on As.com).
The work and the results have been the best endorsement of both coaches in these two and a half seasons. One more preview, one and the other they gave themselves a good handful of compliments and they noted the many virtues of the rival. Methodical and perfectionists, Diego and Arrasate prepare a new battle on the board.
On paper, the duel seems uneven. Granada looks at Europa and Osasuna tries to get out of the well. But the Navarrese appear by Los Cármenes with greater self-esteem and with renewed feelings after the meritorious draw against Real Madrid. Osasuna is Osasuna again. Although he needs to confirm with victories and points his improvement from the last games.
Granada accumulates more fatigue than anyone (28 official matches) but, with the exception of the game against Barça, he keeps his identity intact and continues to exceed goals. Diego Martínez hopes to be able to count on Gonalons and meditates to refresh his attack with Luis Suárez, substitute on Saturday. Arrasate recovers Torró and will keep the block that has accumulated four days without losing (four draws). Europe and permanence at stake.
Wear: Granada has already accumulated 28 official matches in their legs, more than any other team in the League. The Nasrid calendar has been hellish.
Machís: Indispensable for Granada, Machís has lowered his benefits in recent games. Diego needs you at his best.
Recovery: Arrasate has doubts regarding the eleven and will choose the players who have best recovered from Saturday’s game.
Medullary: Granada has diminished its midfield. Gonalons and Milla are not 100% and Montoro has just returned from injury.
People in need: The Navarrese add four consecutive draws but need to start adding three at a time. The sensations are better, although they need to be confirmed.
Aces to follow
Luis Suarez: Against Barcelona he was a substitute. He’s in good shape. The Colombian contributes work, imbalance and goal.
Calleri: Against Madrid he did a great job, he looked for the goal at all times, although he did not score. The defensive pressure starts from him.
Ups and downs
– Diego Martínez will not be able to count on Jesús Vallejo, suspended, and Neyder Lozano and Víctor Díaz, injured.
– Arrasate has the casualties of the injured Rubén, Brasanac, Adrián and Chimy. After his injury, Torró returns to the call.